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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera - SX1 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera - SX1IS

Evolved Technology for Stunning Photography.
Put your hand around the perfectly-shaped grip of Canon's sporty new PowerShot SX1 IS and you're ready for a shooting experience that's advanced in every way. Superb still images powered by Canon's DIGIC 4 Image processor, evolved Face Detection Technology and a wide-angle 20x optical zoom are only the beginning. You can also create Full HD movies and see every detail on your HDTV thanks to HDMI output. The 10.0-megapixel SX1 IS is the very first PowerShot equipped with a CMOS sensor, a hallmark of Canon's lauded EOS line.

Features:

  • Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps) movie mode plus HDMI output for easy playback of video and photos on your HDTV.
  • The first PowerShot camera to feature a 10.0 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor for superb image quality.
  • 28mm wide-angle 20x Optical Zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • Large 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD widescreen for flexible viewing at nearly every angle, plus a viewfinder for more shooting options.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.
  • With 25 Shooting Modes including 12 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.
  • Print/Share Button for easy direct printing and downloading, plus ID Photo Print and Movie Print with select PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers.

Package Content:

  • PowerShot SX1 IS Body
  • AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
  • Neck Strap NS-DC7
  • Wireless Controller WC-DC300
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Lens Hood LH-DC50
  • Lens Cap

Specifications:

  • Type of Camera
    • Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 20x Optical / 4x Digital / 80x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
  • Image Capture Device
    • Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3 inch type CMOS sensor
    • Total Pixels Approx. 11.8 Megapixels
    • Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
  • Lens
    • Focal Length 5.0–100.0mm f/2.8–5.7 (35mm film equivalent: 28–560mm)
    • Digital Zoom 4x
    • Focusing Range
      • Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm–infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m–infinity (T)
      • Macro: 3.9 in.–1.6 ft./10–50cm (W)
      • Super Macro: 0–3.9 in./0–10cm (W)
    • Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual focus
  • Viewfinder & Monitor
    • Viewfinder TFT color
    • LCD Monitor 2.8-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle
    • Effective Dots Approx. 230,000 dots
    • LCD Coverage 100%
    • Brightness Adjustment 2 levels
  • Aperture & Shutter
    • Maximum Aperture f/2.8 (W) – f/5.7 (T)
    • Shutter Speed 15–1/3200 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3–15 sec.
  • Exposure Control
    • Sensitivity Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
      • (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
    • Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
      • * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
      • ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
    • Exposure Control Method Program AE, Manual Exposure, i-Contrast, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift; AE Lock
    • Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • White Balance
    • White Balance Control Auto,* Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
    • * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
  • Flash
    • Built-in Flash Auto, Manual, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE Lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
    • Flash Range 1.6–15.7 ft./50cm–4.8m (W), 3.3–8.5 ft./1–2.6m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
    • Recycling Time 7 sec. or less (battery voltage=6V)
    • Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
  • Shooting Specifications
    • Shooting Modes Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, Indoor, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap, Long Shutter), Super Macro, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, Movie
    • My Colors Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
    • Self-Timer Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-Timer
    • Wireless Control Available with optional Wireless Controller WC-DC300
    • Continuous Shooting Normal: approx. 4.0 fps; AF: approx. 1.1 fps; LV: approx. 1.2 fps (Large/Fine)
  • Image Storage
    • Storage Media SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
    • File Format Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
    • Image Compression
      • Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
      • Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
    • Image Quality Mode Normal, Fine, SuperFine, RAW
    • Number of Recording Pixels
      • Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3840 x 2160 (Widescreen L), 1920 x 1080 (Widescreen S), RAW (3648 x 2736)
      • Movie: High Definition: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps); Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), available up to 4GB or 29 min. 59 sec. (HD)/60 min. (SD) per clip
  • Playback Specifications
    • Playback Modes
      • Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x–10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast
      • Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
  • Erasing Specifications
    • Erase Modes
      • Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
      • Movie: part of movie, all of movie
  • Interfaces
    • Computer Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
    • Video Out NTSC/PAL
    • Audio Out Stereo
    • Other Mini-HDMI cable: connection to high definition monitor; Memory card slot: direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera’s USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
  • Power Supply
    • Power Source
      1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x4)
      2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x4) (NB-3AH)
      3. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (optional)
    • Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 160 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 420 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery (NB-3AH)) *
    • Playback Time Approx. 720 min. (AA-size Battery), approx. 840 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
      • * LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.
  • Physical Specifications
    • Operating Temperature 32–104°F/0–40°C
    • Operating Humidity 10–90%

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 5.02"
  • Height: 3.48"
  • Depth: 3.45"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit(camera body only): 1.29 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): One Year parts and labor
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TypePoint And Shoot
Effective Pixels10.0 Megapixels
Height (inches)3.48"
Width (inches)5.02"
Depth (inches)3.45"
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Built-In FlashYes
Focal Length5.0–100.0mm
Image StabilizationYes
LCD Screen Size (inches)2.8"
LCD TypeTFT Color LCD
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer Delay2-sec., 10-sec.
Shutter Speed15–1/3200 sec
Storage MediaSD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
White BalanceAuto,* Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
  

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Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera
 
4.0

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice features/settings (39)
  • Easy to use (37)
  • Large clear LCD (35)
  • Excellent image quality (31)
  • Simple controls/menu (26)

Cons

  • Poor low-light performance (15)
  • Heavy/bulky (11)
  • Short battery life (10)
  • Missing features/settings (8)
  • Poor image quality (7)

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

disappointed

I have read the other reviews about this camera. It is a mixed bag depending on what your preferences are. This camera is a good camera full of features but it is not going...Read complete review

I have read the other reviews about this camera. It is a mixed bag depending on what your preferences are. This camera is a good camera full of features but it is not going to give you DSLR performance if that is what you are hoping to get. But then it was not designed to replace a DSLR camera either. I have taken a couple thousand photos from this camera. I have a DSLR that I have been using in which I've shot over 50,000 pics in the last year alone. When you take the pics from this camera and do a side by side comparison to the pics of a DSLR camera the difference in quality becomes very evident. This camera takes great pics but they will not hold up to a DSLR. I take mostly wildlife pics and there is no way I can get the shots I'm used to getting with my DSLR camera with this camera. The pics are not as sharp plus this camera is simply too sluggish to get good shots at fast moving wildlife. The long zoom is a great feature however the pics become softer and fuzzy the further you zoom. Compare a pic shot at 300mm from this camera and from a DSLR and you'll see the difference. It's all about how much detail and sharpness you are looking to acquire from your shot. If you are looking to get the best pics possible then you need to go with a DSLR. If you are content with general picture quality, versatility, and a huge range of options that you will not get from a DSLR then this is your camera. I bought this camera looking to get great long zoom shots from a smaller camera with less weight and bulk to carry through the woods than I have with my DSLR. Unfortunately the camera takes decent zoom shots but they dont' even come close to giving me the eye popping detail that I get from my DSLR. You will have fun as I did with the macro feature as it takes outstanding closeups. Another thing about this camera that really got on my nerves was the control buttons are far too sensitive. The low-light performance is what it is. If you want great sharp indoor pics in low light you are going to have to use a flash. This camera adjusts the iso sensitivity and shutter speed according to the light in the room. If the lighting is low the camera is going to move the iso sensitivity up to 800 or 1600 and use a slow shutter speed to boost the light. When this happens you are going to get pics that are grainy and possibly noise. This is exactly why when you go and get professional photos taken they will always use lighting. This always gets the sharpest images. If you are not looking to make portraits from your pics this will probably be ok. I read where some people complained about the pics being blurred. This is because of the slower shutter speeds. If the camera moves or your subject moves with real slow shutter speeds it will produce a blurred pic. With all that said the average camera user that is looking for a camera that is compact and versatile this would be a great choice. Being able to go from shooting closeups...to shooting video...to shooting long range zoom shots from one camera is a plus when you are on a tripor at the zoo. This camera would be great for a zoo trip. I have a DSLR that takes better quality pics but I also have to carry a backpack to hold the different lenses and if I want video a camcorder has to be added. If I want to go from mega-zoom shots to macro shots, I have to make a lens change I can't just turn a dial and be ready. This is something to consider because it can be a hassle changing lenses. One final thing is in order to get the most out of this camera you have to spend time with it. Shooting hundreds of shots using different settings is going to help you get the best from this camera. You don't want to be on vacation learning how to shoot pics from this camera. Learn before you go. Most of the low-light and night time settings that are on this camera will turn out better if you use a tripod. If you don't use a tripod or a mono pod and you move while taking the pic it is going to be blurred and you are going to be mad at the camera when in reality the camera did exactly what it was supposed to. I think this camera is a little too pricey but that's just me. I gave it three stars for satisfaction only because the camera did not work for what I wanted to do with it. However the average user of this camera is probably going to like it a lot if they spend time and learn how to use it properly. If not they may find themselves frustrated. Taking time and learning what "shutter speeds", "ISO sensitivity", and "Aperture settings" are all about will improve you outcome greatly.

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nice features, poor image quality

I bought this camera 3 weeks ago as an "upgrade" from another 10MP 10x super-zoom that I had used since August 2008. In changing to the SX1IS I expected to benefit from...Read complete review

I bought this camera 3 weeks ago as an "upgrade" from another 10MP 10x super-zoom that I had used since August 2008. In changing to the SX1IS I expected to benefit from its faster SD storage, program shift capability, vari-angle LCD and wireless remote control. The SX1IS does deliver on these benefits and others (despite the ergonomic difficulty in actually using the program shift feature) and, in this regard, my expectations are fulfilled. However, what I did not expect was the consistently soft RAW images I get with the SX1IS (as compared to results from my previous super-zoom) and I am disappointed in my move away from the sharp RAW images of the competing product. I don't know if this difference is due to the SX1IS's CMOS sensor and processor, or the competitor's dual image stabilization and processor. I can form my opinion now because I have direct comparisons between large-scale 1:1 RAW images from SX1IS and those of the other 10MP super-zoom. Given the excellent auto-exposure metering and other nice features in the SX11IS this issue may be unnoticeable or unimportant to photographers whose intention is low-res email attachments or small-scale family snapshots. For its premium super-zoom price I believe the SX1IS should deliver (among other things) better RAW image performance with much better battery life. In conclusion, I researched the SX1IS as thoroughly as possible before its U.S. introduction in April, but I wish I'd had the "May" reviews before I bought. If I could easily return the camera. . .I would. P.S. Canon, where are the filter threads on the lens front?(!)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its no DSLR but darn close

By 

from boise idaho

Pros

  • Bright LCD
  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent Image Quality
  • Nice features/settings
  • Nice Manual Controls
  • Simple controls/menu

Cons

  • Missing features/settings
  • poor low-light performance

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

    I love this camera.. it doesn't have the abilities of a DSLR but i wouldn't expect it to do so.. Compared to all the point and shoots Ive used this camera feels like a dslr.. I love the manual controls with my only grievance is the manual focus being a but hard to use with the turn wheel, its a bit notchy in the movement thru the focal length. The zoom is awesome and the image stabilization is awesome as well at the large focal length. The manual controls along with the IS allow you to take some nice panning shots that a point and shot could only dream of. The 1080p movie mode is amazing in clarity and the stereo surround sound is amazing as well Image quality is very good even up to 800ISO but you do start seeing some noise in prints larger the 5x7.. But try putting a point and shoot at ISO 800 and you can see the superior quality of the SX1 IS. The photo stitch is a awesome feature as well. I have printed some panoramic shots i have stitched together of about 10x30" size and they came out good enough to frame and put on the wall. The limits of the camera are when the light level get low, but that doesn't mean that you get bad photos, but rather the shutter speeds start to get slower so taking photos with movement are a but harder to attain without blur, this is where a nice tripod really helps this camera. Even with the struggles of lower light i have taken way more natural light pictures then i have had luck with our canon SX130 IS, which tends to want to use flash anytime the light gets dimmer as is the case with every point and shoot cameras. With the hot shoe and a quality flash with a diffuser you can take some awesome pictures that arn't bleached out like with a point and shot. I have done quite a bit of night photography with the SX1 IS and have been amazed with the quality of pictures.. The best results i have seen doing this has been when in the night shooting mood, this allow a shutter speed of up to 15seconds... the only draw back is that in this mood you dont get a preview on the LCD like in other moods but a little trial and error gets you some amazing crisp and noise free shots as the the night mood is locked on ISO 80. Since this is a small sensor camera the advantage you get is a extremely large depth of field the F8 is equivalent to about a F32 which you dont see in the lower end DSLR's. The draw back is the F2.8 is only equivalent to a F8 on a DSLR so getting those awesome shots with very shallow depth of field doent happen unless you use the macro mode.. The macro and super macro moods are awesome and take some amazing pictures as long as you have fast shutter speeds or preferably always use a tripod to get the best sharpness. Battery life is good as long as you use some NI-MH batteries of 2500ma or higher. I like the heavier weight of this camera as it makes for a more confident feel on the hand compared to the canon SX10,20,30 or the new SX40 IS.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    good video poor photo's

    By 

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

    I was very let down on this camera. the photos are very grainy. no good at all for sports , average for scene photos

     
    5.0

    Exactly What I looked for

    By 

    from Redding, CT

    Pros

    • flip LCD
    • Great Video
    • Impressive zoom

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

      This camera isn't the best picture taking camera in the world but obviously that isn't its main function when it takes a 1080p video. It's stabilization feature works beautiful 20xoptically zoomed in and taking video. If you weren't satisfied buying this camera, you should have researched more about the camera before buying it. If you want pictures and decent video look up Cannon Powershot SX 20 is And the complaints about the battery life is legitimate, but when using recharable AA's it's actually quite long. 50+ pictures and 20 minutes of full HD video and still going!

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This camera is lame

      By 

      from Seattle

      Pros

      • Awesome Lens
      • Easy to use
      • takes great movies

      Cons

      • bad photo quality
      • Drains Batteries
      • Pricey

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

        I have the SX1 IS and hate it. If you are going to spend the money do it on a camera that takes crisp pictures. We have a canon point and shoot camera that takes better photos then this expensive battery draining hunk of junk. It does take good movies though, 1080p is impressive. It is a better camcorder then a camera!

        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        most disappointing Canon camera I ever purchased.

        By 

        from Princeton, NJ

        Pros

        • None

        Cons

        • extremely bad battery life
        • images weren't crisp
        • results not worth the weight that must be carried.

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

          This camera has been traded for credit on the purchase of a PowerShot SX210 SI. I have been using Canon cameras ever since the 1990's when I purchased the Canon Elan II camera. Since then I have switched to digital (except for the first, they have been Canon cameras) & upgraded regularly, I have used three of the G series, two of the S series, & three of the SLR Rebel series. I recently took the Powershot SX1 IS on a trip and found that the battery life was atrocious. I do not review my photos until they have been downloaded, but I still could not get through a day of shooting without replacing the batteries at least twice each day. Add to that it was difficult to get good focus thus the photos had very poor image quality.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          First of all, I love the ...

          By 

          from Redford, Michigan

          Pros

          • Bright LCD
          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Good battery life
          • Great menu system
          • Nice features/settings
          • Simple controls/menu

          Cons

          • no more than 5 items on my menu settings

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

            First of all, I love the fact that this camera uses AA batteries. I was already used to that from a previous Canon camera. I like the outstanding features this camera has. I have had this camera for about one month, it is a real upgrade from the PowerShot A95. Love the zoom ability during video recording. Love the 20x optical zoom, it is more than enough to get the great photos. The menu system is easy to understand and practical for this camera, one downfall for the menu system is that you can't more than 5 items for personal settings. Love the 2.8 widescreen lcd view panel. Love the "popup" flash controll.

            (51 of 51 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            SX1 a great replacement camera

            By 

            from Fort Lauderdale, FL

            Pros

            • combines excellent video with still acquisition.
            • Easy to use
            • Excellent Image Quality
            • lightweight/portable
            • Nice features/settings

            Cons

            • Missing features/settings
            • poor low-light performance

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

              I purchased the SX1 online in June of 2009 with the thought of replacing my DSLR and my video cameras that I always carried along as I photographed wildlife. When I received the camera I decided to put away my DSLR and really retrain myself to shoot with the SX1 because it's so different from shooting with the DSLR I knew I really needed to spend some quality time with the camera. Advance ahead 10 months of shooting with the camera and I can give you a fair review from my experiences. So far I've shot over 30,000 stills and more than a hundred hours of HD and regular video, almost enough to fill an entire 500 gig hard drive. I carry 32 gigs of class 6 SD chips into the wilds of Florida almost every weekend in pursuit of the perfect picture and I only use my SX1. To be proficient with the camera I think a seasoned DSLR user has to really spend some time learning the camera and getting used to it's differences to really enjoy shooting with it. A "newbie" shooter won't have any trouble migrating to this format but us older shooters are so used to grabbing the lens of our camera and giving it a quick rack to focus that the electronic version seems extremely slow and archaic. BUT with a little practice a seasoned photog. can retrain his mind and body to the differences, enough so to make some pretty outstanding photos. Shooting low ISO (80-100) offers the best pictures as long as there is enough light. The picture starts breaking up the higher the ISO/ASA setting. The lens itself is pretty good, it somewhat takes the place of the lower grade Canon lenses but probably won't replace the stabilized EF lenses any time soon, except for price. Other than not being able to manually rack focus on the camera all the "electronic" devices employed in the camera are a bit of a let down when comparing the experience of a DSLR with direct view through the camera prism versus the view looking into the eyepiece at the fairly low quality TV screen. Even after 10 months I'm still shocked a bit at the low quality of picture seen in the eyepiece versus looking through an SLR. On the other hand I had the very same problem when I converted away from large format cameras to the 35mm format. The transition from 4 X 5 was rather shocking. Having the ability to carry around a small form camera that shoots excellent pictures and video with a zoom range from 28mm - over 500mm is pretty outrageous. Shooting in HD mode even renders great video when using the built in lens doubler which extends your view to almost 1200mm. All in all I really like the convenience of the camera, I am getting used to it's differences from a DSLR but would certainly buy another one should this one disappear. I have also owned a SX3, SX5, SX10. All three of those cameras were pretty good too but the SX1 is much better. Beginners, buy the SX1, you will be able to learn a lot. Veterans, consider it's purchase but remembering that you should get used to it before returning it because of its differences of how you normally work.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for families

              By 

              from folsom, ca

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Excellent Image Quality
              • lightweight/portable
              • Nice features/settings
              • Simple controls/menu

              Cons

              • poor low-light performance
              • Short battery life

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

                Love the camera for everything, except lacks performance in low light conditions and chews up batteries fast! Recommend this camera. Also, wish it had a lit display on the top of the body.

                (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Worst of Both Worlds

                By 

                from Santa Monica, CA

                Pros

                • Nice features/settings

                Cons

                • Flimsy construction
                • Glitchy
                • heavy/bulky
                • Poor image quality
                • poor low-light performance

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

                  I fell in love with the description of this camera after my old Canon powershot was stolen. It seemed like it would move me to the next level without pushing me into the pricey dSLR world. I loved the features, including the HD capability and zoom. Unfortunately, I've found it to offer the worst of the dSLR and point-and-shoot worlds. It's essentially as bulky as a dSLR with little added benefit. This may be because I seem to have a glitchy, wacky one that's being sent in today for warranty repair (fingers crossed), but I'm skeptical. Here are some of the specific issues I've had with this generally glitchy and unreliable yet expensive point and shoot: -fuzzy focus, even using 'auto' mode in reasonable light with still subject -difficulty with 'macro' focus, even in reasonable light with still subject from pretty much any distance -video is disrupted for over a second when a still is taken -body is very creaky, especially near grip -display change button went haywire for about a week -stops shooting stills without warning when memory card is close to (but not) full. somehow has room for video... Basically, I'm getting worse photo quality from this big, pricey point-and-shoot than I did from my entry level powershot (720is--A series?). NOT WORTH IT--BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.

                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By 

                  from Pittsburgh

                  Pros

                  • Bright LCD
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to use
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good battery life
                  • good low-light performance
                  • Nice features/settings
                  • Simple controls/menu

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera:

                      My SX1 IS is a great camera. It takes great pictures in even the most difficult situations ( lighting, et.) and that is just on the auto setting.

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                      Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera

                      Canon PowerShot SX1 IS Black 10 Megapixels Digital Camera

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